I admit it – I like cheater blocks and novelty fabric panels. They can make quick and easy projects. And so Stars in Pink and Green was born.
Back in the 1990’s I had six of these really attractive looking stars in pink, but I was stumped with what to do with them. They were pretty and feminine, but once home the question was “now what?”
One of those aw-ha moments, and digging through the stash produced the answer. I found a coordinating print and soft green solid.
I cut the blocks apart so that I had 6 individual star blocks.
I cut the green solid into 4″ wide strips. Sewing two blocks together with a green strip between was easy and quick.
Iron all the seams flat.
Next I sewed the long strips down each side of the blocks from above.
Iron the seams I just sewed flat. Ironing really does make the quilt fit together better. It will look nicer too.
I cut the outside border 8″ wide from the print fabric, and sewed it to the blocks.
At that point, I had about two hours total into the quilt top.
That was in 1997. I hung the top up neatly on a hanger in the closet with the backing fabric. And moved on to the next project.
The top was re-discovered in November 1999. It would make a great Christmas gift for the daughter. Off to MG for machine quilting and binding. The machine quilting design was looping and simple.
Finished size of Stars in Pink and Green is 54″ x 78″ – perfect for her twin bed. It is looking rather worn these days, but now the gr-daughter is enjoying it.
Suggestions for you
As you shop for fabrics, look for cheater blocks or panels. They really are fun to work with and can be made into an easy and fast pieced quilt.
Or take several of different sizes and make them into a single top. Various size borders of coordinating fabrics will make it visually interesting. Yes, some serious measuring may be required, but it is well worth the results.